5 Harmful Effects Of Coffee
Are you one of those people who need 6-8 cups of coffee to make it through your day? Now, I’m a coffee lover and need my caffeine hit in order to start functioning in the morning. You know how it is, right?You have one when you wake up, then a few to get through that boring presentation, and then some more to work through the rest of the day and the evening. Till recently, 4-5 cups a day is what I was drinking. But then, I wasn’t feeling good, and when I went for a check-up, the doc had a few things to tell me which made me reconsider my beverage drinking routine.
The benefits and adverse effects of coffee have been on the discussion table for years now. Yes, drinking coffee has its benefits, but there is a downside to downing excess of this stimulant, which you’re probably unaware of, like I was. This is what the doctor told me. By the way, coffee takes about 6 hours to clear out of your system.
Here are the 5 harmful effects of drinking coffee:
- Absorption of minerals in your body – Your kidney and stomach absorb iron, magnesium, and other essential minerals from what you consume – food and drink. Drinking too much coffee can interfere with the way your body absorbs these minerals. A magnesium deficiency can affect your bowel movements, and poor absorption of this element can really mess up your stomach.
- Stinky breath – You may not be aware that coffee dehydrates you and can cause a dry mouth. The lack of enough saliva, coupled with coffee remnants in your mouth, causes bacteria to breakdown and emit a bad smell from your mouth. You should drink a lot of water to combat the dehydration that occurs when you’re sipping on your favourite cuppa.
3. Bloating and pain – When you drink coffee on an empty stomach, the acidic nature of coffee causes the abdomen to feel full and tight. It also irritates the digestive tract and could stimulate spasms, which cause bloating. If you have a sensitive stomach, then coffee makes the pain and the bloating worse.
4. Weight gain – Did you know that your hot cups of joe could be the reason you’re putting on weight? Coffee is actually one of the few natural fat-burning substances. The caffeine boosts your metabolic rate and breaks the fat cells. How can you put on weight then? Well, to reap all the benefits, you need to switch to black coffee. So stay off adding whole milk and sugar to your coffee, if you want to keep the extra kilos off.
5. Insulin sensitivity – Caffeine can tamper with your body’s normal functioning. It can make you high strung, can trigger low insulin levels, and sometimes, can also raise blood sugar levels. So if you’re diabetic, then you need to go easy on your cup of java.
While coffee addiction can get pretty bad, a cup here and there is not going to turn you into an addict. Just remember that there are problems associated with it, so if you try to reduce your coffee intake, do it slowly, drink more water to stay hydrated, don’t drink coffee late evenings if you want to sleep through the night, and you should be on your way to enjoy jitter-free days.